Article courtesy by Ellen van Wageningen | January 16th 2014 | The Windsor Star | Shared as educational material.
A father-and-son team in Leamington is hoping five years of researching, designing and testing a greenhouse water filtration system is going to payoff in the near future.
Dave and Tim Rempel, owners of Savery Canada Inc., won a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for the system in 2013.
Two Leamington-area greenhouses are testing the system and if sales go well down the road, Savery could hire as many as six employees, Tim said. Currently, he, his father and one part-time employee take care of producing the custom-made automation and filtration systems the company has been building since 2003.
It started out of the Rempel’s garage and is now located in a 5,000-square-foot plant on Iroquois Road.
Savery has built customized automation and filter systems for dairies, a biodiesel separation system for the University of Mississippi and other custom filtration systems for food and agriculture businesses, Tim Rempel said. “We specialize in niche applications. There are a lot of companies that do this on a large scale.”
Building a greenhouse filtration system like the one developed by Savery isn’t worthwhile for them, he said. It is by far the biggest project Savery has taken on to date.
“I worked in the greenhouse industry and saw a need for equipment and it evolved from a small treatment plant to something completely different,” Rempel said. “Nobody produces systems like this.”
Leamington and Kingsville’s large greenhouse operators all use systems that recycle water, but there isn’t an existing one that removes organisms that cause diseases and removes most of the sulphates and much of the sodium before the water is reused in the greenhouse or discharged, he said.
Savery has received research and development funding from the Ontario Greenhouse Alliance, the provincial Ministry of Environment, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.